7 Austin Christmas Traditions You Don’t Want To Miss Out On
Austin is full of the weird and wonderful all year long. From festivals, to taco wars to a bar that celebrates Christmas 365 days a year, Austin is a town that likes to party. And Christmas is not a time to hold back. Here are 7 Austin Christmas traditions you might not know about but you’ll definitely want to try out this season!
1. Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Truly a Christmas shopping experience only Austin could come up with! This fair takes place at the Palmer Events Center downtown from December 14 th – 24 th from 10am to 10pm every day. In true Austin fashion, there are at least three music acts per day. Not to mention there are two full bars. Come ready to shop with a beer in hand and finish up with some live tunes.
What started over 20 years ago with one neighbor stringing some lights across the street has turned into a Christmas scene that is brightly lit all December long. Grab some hot cocoa and take a walk down 37 th Street this holiday!
As if the Zilker Trail of Lights wasn’t enough, Austinites have taken their lights to the lake! Boats of all shapes and sizes gather together for the unofficial event each December at the 360 Cove. From there they set sail for what can only be described as Austin best water parade. Catch the sites this year on Friday December 16th.
Celebrating makers big and small, the fair helps support the Big Artist, Little Artist program that is a unique mentorship program that pairs elementary school children with local artists to teach children about building their creative dreams into profitable businesses. The Cherrywood Art Fair is two-day event that free to the public. There is live music and bites from local restaurants to eat while shopping for those last minute gifts.
Each year the lighting of the Gingerbread Village at the Four Seasons Hotel is an event to behold. The Four Seasons also hosts Teddy Bear Teas throughout the month where children of all ages are invited to come to a fireside reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas by Santa himself! Donations of a new, unwrapped teddy bear are asked of guests. These are donated to the Dell Children’s Hospital.
If reminiscing on holidays of yore is your thing, The Paramount Theater is the perfect thing for a night on the town! The beautifully decorated theater and 35mm films will transport you to place filled with Christmas joy. Seatings are limited but open to families, be sure to grab tickets early!
The German-Texan Heritage Society throws an Annual German Christmas Market every year at the German Free School of Austin. From glühwein to gingerbread cookies to a German Sankt Nikolas, there is something for everyone. This free event is open to the public and you can even enter to win a chance for round trip tickets to Germany! This one is not to be missed.